Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs BW from The Sands
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Trip to Namibia and Vic Falls
Namibia and 1 other country between 25 Jul 2019 and 12 Aug 2019
A couple of comments that hopefully help future guests:
- The distances are far and we felt that 2 nights max at any particular spot was not really enough. We wish we had stayed 3 nights at Hoodia and Onguma, both of which were fantastic.
- Bullsport was awful - see my review. We should have gone straight to Hoodia.
- Didn't like Etosha Safari Camp. I had really wanted to stay at Okakeujo but was told it was full. Was all accomodation really full there? Could more have been done to get a spot there?"
Arranged By Sabina Hekandjo
"Great start to trip at Galton House"
BullsPort Lodge and Farm
"To be avoided"
The staff were not particularly friendly and one got the sense that everything needed to be done according to the way the owner wanted it done otherwise the staff would be in trouble. Examples were "sorry I cannot give you the wifi code, you need to get that from the manager, we are not allowed to know what it is" to the staff getting extremely agitated when we were not all seated at 7.30 for dinner. Then the poor staff members have to serve you dinner and then sit at the table with you making small talk which was very awkward.
When we did have any dealings with the owner he was pretty surly."
Regarding wifi: the owners are sorry for the misunderstanding between these travellers and the staff member about the lodge wifi. In a remote location like Bullsport, connections aren’t easy or fast. So to ensure as fast and as reliable wifi connection as possible for guests, the owners have installed a wifi network that is separate from the network used by the lodge’s team of staff. This Wifi is password-protected and is managed by the owners and duty managers, and only disclosed to guests.
Hoodia Desert Lodge
Tomas, the owner, greeted us on arrival with plenty of enthusiasm which did not wane throughout our stay. This is reflected by the happy staff who provided impeccable service throughout.
The lodge setting is amazing, set along a dry river bed looking out over a mountain which glows red in the early morning and evening. The rooms are spread out along the river giving a wonderful sense of space and privacy. They are appointed in a "safari style" including an optional outdoor shower.
We did the "sunset drinks" option on the first night where they set you up on a nearby koppie with drinks and snacks and leave you to enjoy an amazing african sunset. One of the highlights of our entire holiday.
The trip to Sossusvlei was absolutely amazing. It was surprising just how busy it was but the Hoodia team contrived to make it feel like we were the only people there. The thoughtfulness and planning that went into the day really did make it special. You got the sense that other lodges that perhaps have closer proximity feel they don't need to make the effort. I would recommend Hoodia as being THE team to take you on a trip to Sossus. Fascinating information about the geology/ fauna/ flora + going to deadvlei via the empty hidden vlei topped off with a wonderful lunch at Elim dune.
Overall we had an amazing time and look forward to going back."
Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion
28 Jul 2019 • All-day excursion
It was surprising just how busy it was but the Hoodia team contrived to make it feel like we were the only people there. The thoughtfulness and planning that went into the day really did make it special. You got the sense that other lodges that perhaps have closer proximity feel they don't need to make the effort. I would recommend Hoodia as being THE team to take you on a trip to Sossus. Fascinating information about the geology/ fauna/ flora + going to deadvlei via the empty hidden vlei topped off with a wonderful lunch at Elim dune.
"Funky and functional"
Funky modern hotel with good rooms, service and food."
Coast and Sandwich Harbour
30 Jul 2019 • All-day excursion
Unfortunately due to a large swell running the route to Sandwich harbour was cut off but Rudy made it a fantastic day anyway. Flamingo's, massive waves, dunes, lots of interesting facts and history, great lunch in the dunes all made it a trip worth doing.
Mowani Mountain Camp
Rooms have amazing views, are well appointed and are very private. Daily sundowners on top of the koppie was a real highlight.
Brilliant game drive in the morning where we saw desert elephant and lions!
Service was fantastic.
Only criticism was that they sometimes tried to make the food too sophisticated. They are in the middle of nowhere so people get it that they don't always have access to "posh" ingredients. Food was wonderful when they kept it simple but sometimes missed the mark when they tried to be too creative eg smoked salmon was frozen."
Etosha Safari Camp
The room was a bit like a prison cell with virtually no veranda and the bush came right up the front door so no ability to see out. Extremely functional which had us heading immediately back to the shebeen for a glass of wine."
Onguma Camp Kala
"Wonderful stay at Onguma Tree top camp"
The team were brilliant and we ate like kings.
Could have done with a few more days here!
Downside was we booked an evening game drive which was awful. Ranger started out by making the mistake of asking what animals we would like to see to make the perfect drive. we said Cheetah as we hadn't see any. He then spent the whole time trying to find cheetah getting more and more anxious and in the end we saw no game at all except the odd impala which we absolutely understand can happen but he should have made it more about the bush experience rather than ticking some animals. Should have stayed in the lodge."
Okonjima Plains Camp
The main building and the rooms are very modern and new. Loved lying in bed in the morning looking out the most amazing picture window at the animals out in the veld. Rooms were huge with great facilities and completely private.
We spent the day lounging at the pool and chose not to go on the leopard tracking game drive but friends who did had a great time. We were disappointed that they no longer have free roaming cheetah."
Victoria Falls Hotel
"Great stay at the Vic Falls Hotel"
Wonderful stay at the grand old dame which really does take one back in time.
Cannot fault it except for the cost which is pretty eye watering having come from from Namibia which was was extremely good value."
Only issue was hot water not working in a couple of rooms but alternative showers provided and the issue was quickly resolved."